PhD Position in Diseases and Therapeutics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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PhD Position in Diseases and Therapeutics: The University of Copenhagen’s Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is seeking a highly motivated PhD student for a position in newborn infectious diseases and therapeutics. The successful candidate will join the Cellular and Molecular Pediatrics research group, focusing on immunology, vaccines, and novel therapeutics for infected newborn infants. The position starts on 1 December 2024 and is part of a project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

PhD Position in Newborn Infectious Diseases and Therapeutics

Summary Table

Start Date1 December 2024
Duration3 years
Application Deadline31 July 2024
SupervisorAssociate Professor Duc Ninh Nguyen
DepartmentDepartment of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
LocationUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark

Study Area

  • Immunology
  • Vaccines
  • Development of novel therapeutics
  • Newborn infectious/inflammatory diseases
  • Cellular and molecular analyses

Scholarship Description

The scholarship is part of a project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation within Basic Bioscience and Biomedicine. The project’s aim is to explore how early life nutrition and Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine can prevent sepsis and mortality in infected newborns. The PhD candidate will primarily focus on animal studies and laboratory analyses, including FACS, qPCR, transcriptomics, and metabolomics.


  • Master’s degree in a related field (medicine, biomedicine, immunology, microbiology, biology, veterinary medicine)
  • Relevant research experience in animal models of infectious/inflammatory diseases
  • Laboratory skills in molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, and metabolism
  • Experience with omics analyses (transcriptomics, metabolomics) or big data is a plus
  • Strong interest in neonatal health and diseases
  • Language proficiency in English

Required Documents

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. CV including education, experience, language skills, and other relevant skills
  3. Certified copy of Master of Science diploma and transcript of records, including an authorized English translation if necessary
  4. Publication list (if available)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ on the University of Copenhagen’s job portal. The application should include all required documents in PDF format.

Last Date

The application deadline is 31 July 2024, 23.59pm CET. Interviews are expected to be held in September 2024.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor, Associate Professor Duc Ninh Nguyen at General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences can be found at the Graduate School’s website: PhD Guidelines.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background. We offer a stimulating and international research environment with modern facilities and a close connection to national and international hospitals.



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